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Excerpt: "Speaking at a town hall meeting hosted by Fox News - Donald Trump's favourite TV news network - US Senator Bernie Sanders has called on the president to sign a bill that would end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen."

Bernie Sanders's calls on Trump to sign the legislation were met with applause at the Fox News town hall. (photo: AFP)
Bernie Sanders's calls on Trump to sign the legislation were met with applause at the Fox News town hall. (photo: AFP)


'Sign That Resolution': Sanders Urges Trump to End US Involvement in Yemen War

By Middle East Eye

16 April 19


Trump is expected to veto bill passed by Congress to end Washington's support for Saudi-led war

peaking at a town hall meeting hosted by Fox News - Donald Trump's favourite TV news network - US Senator Bernie Sanders has called on the president to sign a bill that would end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

"Mr. President tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary. Sign that resolution," Sanders, who is leading the race for president on the Democratic side according to a recent poll, told the crowd on Monday evening.

Earlier this month, the US House of Representative passed a Senate-approved bill that invoked the War Powers Act to end Washington's assistance to Saudi-led war efforts in Yemen.

It was the first time congress had triggered the act, which aims to limit presidents' powers to go to war without the approval of lawmakers, since its passage 45 years ago.

Now the congressional resolution sits on the president's desk, but the White House has vowed to veto it. Congress can overturn that veto with a two-third majority in both chambers of Congress - an unlikely outcome despite the bipartisan support for the legislation.

Sanders turned to speak directly to the camera as the audience erupted in cheers and applause across the town hall studio on Monday.

"Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country," the presidential candidate said.

The war in Yemen, described as the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe by the UN, has been increasingly losing support amongst US politicians amid greater scrutiny on Saudi policy after the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, caused outbreaks of preventable diseases and brought the already impoverished country to the verge of famine.

Still, last month the president's office described Congress's efforts to end support for the war as "flawed".

It said the bipartisan resolution raised "serious constitutional concerns," as it seeks to override Trump's ability to make decisions "as commander-in-chief".

The administration also said passing such a motion would harm Washington's relations with its allies, as well as the US's ability to "prevent the spread of violent extremist organisations".

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched the war in Yemen in 2015 to root out the country's Houthi rebels and restore the country's Saudi-backed president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, to power.

Experts say that without US backing, Saudi Arabia would be forced to end its war effort in Yemen.

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+8 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-16 14:22
This is a really good move by Sanders. He is giving Trump a chance to do something worthwhile. As a candidate, Trump seemed to be opposed to senseless war. Now he could do something about it. Sanders has issued a challenge to Trump -- do what you promised. The reward for Trump is both a good policy and he now has democrats in the congress who have worked with him.

It is good to see congress taking a lead on ending the terrible war against Yemen. A successful end there could lead to other cessations of war in other nations.
 
 
+1 # tedrey 2019-04-17 01:13
True, but Bolton and Pompeo, who dictate all Trump's foreign policy statements longer than a tweet, will never allow it.
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-17 05:46
Trump vetoed it. Now no one can say he is not the puppet of the Saudis and Neo-cons. Forget Russia.
 
 
+4 # DongiC 2019-04-17 07:30
Donald Trump prefers to ride with death and the four horsemen rather than bring peace to Yemen and the pathetic population thereof. What else would one expect from an agent of destruction like Sir Donald who is, I think, incapable of goodness in any form whatsoever? Saudi Arabia makes a fitting companion for this lamentable president.
 

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